Why Has My Brake Light Turned On When the Parking Brake Isn’t Set

If the Brake light has turned on when the parking brake isn’t set, your automobile is telling you that there is a problem with the brake system. You may also end up with an illuminated ABS light if the anti-lock brake system is malfunctioning. Oneway Automotive advises that it’s important you heed these dashboard warnings and bring your vehicle to our shop right away to avoid brake failure. Here are other signs that your brakes are going bad.

Leaking Brake Fluid

Your brake system is going bad if it is starting to leak. Specifically, it’s time to replace the brake hoses or master cylinder. These are the two parts in the system that leak brake fluid when they are worn.

Noises When Braking

If you hear strange noises when you apply the brakes, the system is crying for help. Squealing sounds can be an indication that the system is overheating or you need new brake pads. Grinding sounds are definitely a sign that you need new brake pads.

Overheating Brakes

If your brake system overheats, you will hear the brakes squeal and you will smell burning odors. Please understand that an overheating brake system might fail, so pull over and stop driving your automobile, especially if you smell burning chemicals or burning carpet.

Pulling to the Side

If your car, truck, or utility vehicle pulls to the side when you apply the brakes, it’s probably time to replace the calipers because one of them is stuck. This service is usually recommended between 60,000 miles and 75,000 miles.

Squishy Brake Pedal

Changes in your brake pedal’s resistance are also a sign that the brake system needs to be serviced at a minimum. Your pedal may feel squishy underneath your foot if you have air in the brake lines. It can also feel soft and sing to the floor if the master cylinder is going bad.

Wobbling When Braking

Finally, your automobile should not wobble when you apply the brakes. If it does, it’s probably time to have the rotor surfaces recut. This service is recommended every 60,000 miles. Your car, truck, or C/SUV may also wobble when you press down on the brake pedal if there is a tiny piece of road debris stuck in one of the calipers.

Don’t take chances with your brake system. Call Oneway Automotive in Ardmore, OK, today if you are experiencing any of the problems listed above. If you believe it is unsafe to drive your automobile because the brake system might fail, have your vehicle towed to our shop.

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